Ten Colorado colleges and universities have agreed to work together to increase the number of Colorado residents who attend college.
The Southern Colorado Education Consortium received a $750,000 grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education.
The consortium was formed last year to enhance educational opportunities in southern Colorado. Members are: Adams State College, Colorado State University-Pueblo, Fort Lewis College, Lamar Community College, Otero Community College, Pikes Peak Community College, Pueblo Community College, Trinidad State Junior College, the University of Colorado at Co0lorado Springs and Western State College.
The group plans to develop multiple outreach efforts to more than 300 southern Colorado middle and high schools, developing models to boost enrollment of adult students, as well as an estimated 15,000 current middle and high school students who have the potential to be the first in their family to attend college.
Teams from each college will meet this month to determine details of the effort. A partnership with Cisco Technologies will connect schools and individuals, using their Telepresence system.
About 19 percent of adults have college degrees in the 23-county area of southeastern Colorado, compared to almost 36 percent in Denver.